What is a Parish Group?
Parish is a very old word, it’s been used in church history for a variety of purposes. At the most basic level the word parish derives from the Greek word, pároikos. It literally means to “dwell next to”. Neighbor.
With Parish Groups our desire is to create smaller loosely geographically structured groups to help fulfill these three Scriptural directives.
1. For the Elders to know the sheep well for the sake of care.
“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” – Acts 20:28
2. To build up, equip for work of ministry and encourage the body of Christ.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” – Ephesians 4:11–14
3. Be ministers of mercy to all and especially our brothers and sisters in Christ.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” – Galatians 6:9–10
Relationships and interaction is not limited to these groups, but they are fostered within the Parish groups through shared meals, prayer request and prayer, the Word of God applied, other events and oversight by the Parish Elder.
We do not have this all figured out yet, we just desire to see care for the Church done in a very close, relational manner. To care for each other we need to actually know each other, we need to learn to walk out the Word in our daily lives if we are to be a healthy covenant community, smaller settings will help foster that.
We currently have two Parish Groups with plans to expand in the future as needed.
1. The North Manhattan Parish (Noma)
2. The South Manhattan Parish (Soma)
The groups meet during the school year and take a break from formal meetings during the summer.
If you’d like more information on these groups or to placed in one please contact us or just come, they are open to anyone.